Saturday, February 8, 2020

Landa & Monchik and Manilla & Ruiz are the 2020 USA National Doubles Champions

Alejandro Landa and Sudsy Monchik won a 3rd straight tie-breaker 11-9, and this victory got them the title at the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships Saturday at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, as they won Men’s US Team Qualifying Doubles division with a win over 2nd seeds Jake Bredenbeck and Jose Diaz in the final, 15-13, 4-15, 11-9. The win gives them the right to represent the USA at the 2020 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in August.

It will be Monchik’s 2nd consecutive IRF World Championship, as he and Rocky Carson were the US Team that took home silver in Men’s Doubles two years ago in Costa Rica. Landa will represent the USA for the first time, as he recently changed affiliations from Mexico to the USA. Landa is a dual USA-Mexico citizen.

Women’s top seeds Erika Manilla and Aimee Ruiz defeated 3rd seeds Hollie Scott and Lexi York, 15-6, 15-9, to win the Women’s US Team Qualifying Doubles division. It’s the first win for Manilla, but a bit of old hat for Ruiz as it’s her 12th US Women’s Doubles title. Manilla is the fourth partner Ruiz has won with, and is in good company, as Ruiz’s previous partners are Laura Fenton (twice), Jackie Paraiso (5 times), and Janel Tisinger-Ledkins (5 times).

Singles Play

There were two upsets in Women’s Singles, as 4th seed Erika Manilla held on in a tie-breaker to defeat top seed Rhonda Rajsich, 15-3, 12-15, 11-7, and 3rd seed Hollie Scott came back from a game down to defeat 2nd seed Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 12-15, 15-12, 11-3.

But in Men’s Singles, it will be #1 versus #2, as top seed Rocky Carson defeated 4th seed David Horn, 15-4, 8-15, 11-6, and 2nd seed Alejandro Landa beat 3rd seed Jake Bredenbeck, 15-4, 15-13.

You can watch the singles finals live from Tempe via the USA Racquetball website. The Men’s and Women’s Doubles finals will be Saturday afternoon with the Singles finals on Sunday. Note the match times below are Mountain Standard Time.

2020 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
February 5-9, 2020 - Tempe, Arizona
US National Team Divisions

Men's Doubles

Final - Saturday

5) Alejandro Landa & Sudsy Monchik d. 2) Jake Bredenbeck & Jose Diaz, 15-13, 4-15, 11-9

Women's Doubles

Final - Saturday

1) Erika Manilla & Aimee Ruiz d. 3) Hollie Scott & Lexi York, 15-6, 15-9

Men’s Singles

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Rocky Carson d. 4) David Horn, 15-4, 8-15, 11-6
2) Alejandro Landa d. 3) Jake Bredenbeck, 15-4, 15-13

Final - Sunday

1) Rocky Carson v. 2) Alejandro Landa - 12:15 PM

Women's Singles

Semi-finals - Saturday

4) Erika Manilla d. 1) Rhonda Rajsich, 15-3, 12-15, 11-7
3) Hollie Scott d. 2) Kelani Bailey Lawrence, 12-15, 15-12, 11-3

Final - Sunday

3) Hollie Scott v. 4) Erika Manilla - 11:10 AM

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